Eleanor Roosevelt’s musings on life management in You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life are wide ranging and applicable to different phases of life, although perhaps less life altering than I expected.
I think in addition to learning by living you can also learn a lot by reading what other people learned by living, and if you agree you may find Roosevelt’s thoughts of interest. She had solid things to say about using your time wisely, not wasting your life, not caring inordinately about other people’s opinions, and being involved in your community.
However, because each of those topics are big and I’ve read entire books on them, putting all of those ideas into one package didn’t give me a lot of new material to digest. I finished reading the book thinking “Hm, good overview” rather than “Wow, I can’t wait to put this into practice!” It wasn’t a waste of time, especially since I enjoy the genre, but I’d only give it a qualified recommendation.
Have you read You Learn by Living? If so, did you find it compelling or just so-so?
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